One Pan Wonder

Chicken, potatoes, and green beans make this a true wonder in one pan. Easy, and delicious.
one pot wonder

2 chicken breasts, cut and tossed with your choice of sauce ( I used honey mustard here)
3 red potatoes, cut
1 big handful of fresh green beans
Place all ingredients in a casserole dish.
Top the potatoes with butter
Cover and bake in the oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
Enjoy.

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French Onion Soup

IMG_6841[1]The hubs loves french onion soup. I hate french onion soup but I like to make it. It’s easy and it makes him happy so I don’t mind. I loosely used the recipe from Better Homes and Garden’s Cookbook.

My version makes enough for 2 good servings.IMG_6838[1]

Enjoy 🙂

1 large’ sweet onion, sliced
2 C beef broth
1 tsp of worcestershire sauce
dash of pepper
1 fresh hoagie roll
butter
cheese of your liking, I used an Italian mix.

1. Saute onion in pan with a bit of butter until golden.
2. Add beef broth, worcestershire sauce, pepper and bring to a boil. Let simmer a few minutes and turn to low heat.
3. Slice roll into thick slices, add butter to top, add cheese, and toast.
4. Spoon soup into bowl add some cheese, and place toasted cheesy bread on top.

That’s it. Easy peasy 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Armpit Fudge

armpit fudge

This is what we do at meetings for Children’s Librarians. Each month the children’s librarians from our county meet to share what we are doing, complain about what we have to do, and inspire each other to keep on going. We have 18 libraries in our county so we usually get a nice turnout. After we snacked, chatted, and picked our FREE books one of the librarians came around with a piece of American cheese and a baggie of powdered sugar.

I do what with the cheese? Yes, you put it in your armpit to warm it up. Well, ok.

After adding butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, and the warmed cheese you mash and mash until it resembles a brown blob. That’s your armpit fudge. Did I try it? Yes, after I saw my neighbor try it then smile I though I’d give it a go. Results? Well let’s just say that I think it would be a great project for young boys that think armpits are funny.

Really, it was pretty good. 😉

Fudge

My first time making fudge was successful, easy, and delicious. Thanks to this Fudge Recipe
from lemonandmocha.com.

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2 oz. unsweetened baker’s chocolate
16 oz bag semisweet chocolate chips
2 T unsalted butter
16oz. sweetened condensed milk
1t. vanilla extract

In a double boiler melt butter and baker’s chocolate stirring occasionally.

Add 1/2 chocolate chips and continue to stir. After melted add remaining chips and fully melt.

Carefully add condensed milk and blend

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Pour into pan and refrigerate or freeze until fudge sets.

Paper Bag Apple Tart

Bill White Farms: Macontish

Tart Filling
7 C apples cut
2T flour
1/2 C sugar
Cinnamon to taste

Crumb Mixture
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C flour
1/2 C butter

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust (See below for recipe)

Toss together the first four ingredients and place in unbaked pie shell.
Combine crumb mixture and sprinkle over top.
Place pie in a large brown paper bag (grocery bag). Turn edges under
Bake at 375 degrees for 1 1/2 hours, making sure bag does not touch sides of oven.

Pie Crust
3 C flour
1 t salt
1/4 t baking powder
1 1/2 C shortening (don’t use butter)
1 egg
5T water
1T vinegar
Sift dry ingredients ina large bowl. Add shortening. Using a pastry blender mix until crumbly.
In a small bowl, beat egg, water, and vinegar together. Add to flour mixture and mix. Dough can be pretty wet. Roll on floured surface.
Makes 2 to 3 (9inch) crusts.

Garlicky Cuke and Tom Salad


I am happy to have found a delicious recipe to use up the cucumbers and tomatoes from my garden. Easy, refreshing, and delicious. 
1 big cucumber chopped
A bunch of little tomatoes
Sauce 
1/2 C mayonnaise
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 tsp pepper
2 pinches of salt
Combine all sauce ingredients and purée. 
Toss cucumbers and tomatoes with blended sauce. 
Enjoy!!

From This to That


One of my wishes for starting a garden was a simple one. I want to grow the ingredients to make fresh salsa. Today my wish has come true. The satisfaction is almost as delicious as the salsa. I didn’t measure or use a recipe. This is pretty much what I did.
Garden Salsa
A bunch of cherry tomatoes
1/3 jalapeño
Slice of vidalia onion
Small handful of cilantro
A bit of vinegar
Salt and pepper
Small pinch of sugar
Chop up and enjoy.
The only item not from my garden is the onion.

Harvesting the Basil

We have been getting so much rain and our garden is reaping the benefits. Above, is my first harvest of basil. Since I didn’t have all of the ingredients to make Pesto I decided to purée what I had and freeze it. My recipe calls for 2C basil and 1/2C olive oil. I purée, put in baggies, and freeze. I got 3 batches from my first giant bunch of basil. When I am ready to make pesto I will defrost and mix the remaining ingredients.  This recipe is so very easy and amazingly delicious. We like to serve it with fresh crusty bread and slices of Roma tomatoes. 
Pesto Recipe
2c basil
1/2C olive oil
1/4C Parmesan cheese
1 clove minced garlic
Salt

Mozzarella Stix

If you know me you know that I love cheese. Mozzarella is a favorite, especially when battered and fried. I thought I would try a recipe I found on Pinterest for baking Panko covered mozzarella. 

They recommend you cut moz Stix in half and freeze for 15 min to avoid cheese leakage. 

Next dip in egg, then Panko and put on baking sheet. I baked for about 5 minutes @ 350. 
They are tasty but flattened little blobs of cheese. Maybe i’ll freeze longer next time??